Choosing the right siding and gutters for your home is an important decision that can impact both the look and function of your home for years to come. It’s important to go with siding from dependable companies like Mastic or James Hardie so that you can be confident that it will look good, function well, and last long into the future.
Below are some tips to keep in mind as you make these selections on your home.
Choosing Siding For Your Home
Siding – Consider Efficiency
If your siding is letting air pass in and out of your home, your HVAC system may be working harder than it needs to. All of this leads to a higher energy consumption within your heating and cooling, and of course, higher energy bills.
If you’re looking to create a more energy efficient home, it starts with a high-quality siding that doesn’t let air pass through.
Siding – Consider Aesthetics And Curb Appeal
Siding goes a long way in creating people’s first impression of your home. The exterior of your home increases curb appeal, but also speaks to your personality, style, and priorities as a homeowner. Choosing a high-quality siding with an elegant style that speaks to your tastes can go a long way in making a statement as people view your home.
Siding – Consider Long-Term Maintenance
The market now includes a wide variety of wood, aluminum, and vinyl siding options. But sometimes the siding options that look the best might also require a higher level of maintenance. For instance, wood siding may require seasonal inspections and periodic refinishing to continue to look its best. When you invest in new siding, it’s important to consider what type of long-term maintenance will be required to keep it as good looking as it is on day one.
Choosing Gutters For Your Home
Gutters – Consider The Roof And Siding
When gutters match the roof, you are underscoring the simplicity of your home and may reduce the number of necessary additions to your home’s exterior as a result. Modern designed homes may not have any trim to match with. If you go with this approach, it should focus on clean lines and décor that’s not too elaborate.
If the goal is to keep the gutters more hidden as a subtle feature, it may be better to match them with the siding. The siding will always serve as the background to your gutters and if they match it can render the gutters nearly unnoticeable.
Gutters – Consider The Weather
The size of your roof and the area rainfall should be factored into the size of the gutters that your home needs. The idea is that you want to make sure that your new gutters are capable of handling the volume of water that they will take in. As you shop for new gutters make sure that you prioritize their function as you make other considerations.
Gutters – Consider The Materials
While installing gutters on your home is necessary in the Chicago weather, there are options when it comes to material. Vinyl offers an easy installation and a reasonable purchase price, but can wear and tear faster than other gutters. Aluminum is cost effective and lightweight, and can be more dependable in the heat and cold. But it can be damaged from things like hail or being bumped too hard by a ladder.
Talk To The Experts When Deciding On Siding And Gutters
When you are looking to update your home’s siding and gutters, make sure you talk with the experts at FTC Oury Group to gain a better understanding of what gutters and siding might help in your specific situation. Contact us today and we can help you find the materials you need!